07/29/16

DPA CASE STUDY - MIXING LATIN AMERICAN SUPERSTAR J BALVIN

The Client: John Buitrago, Live & Studio Sound Engineer, FOH for J Balvin
The Project:
Mixing on tour for Latin American Superstar and Grammy® Winner, J Balvin.

The Issues to Overcome:
J Balvin’s music is electronic, yet it is very rich in the low end where the beat is an essential and identifiable part of the rhythm. It's mixed with some sweet melodies and harmonic effects intertwining a vocal presence within the musical structure. Additionally, when he is live, the band complements this musical foundation.

When mixing, the challenge for Buitrago is maintaining balance between the final studio production and the live elements of the band on tour, especially the drums. The drummer is part of the rhythm that is essential to Balvin, but should not disturb the sound spectrum that allows the public to immediately identify the song. So how does Buitrago find the space for a kick, snare and toms? The answer is: DPA Microphones.
Mixing on tour for Latin American Superstar and Grammy® Winner, J Balvin.
The Solution: The first time Buitrago heard a DPA d:vote™ 4099V Instrument Microphone for Violin was when he mixed a symphony concert. According to Buitrago, he was absolutely blown away. Buitrago was happy to find a microphone true to the source that does not alter the natural sound of the instrument. He first contacted the local distributor in Colombia and then traveled to California for NAMM 2016 with the express goal of speaking directly with DPA Microphones to gather more technical information about its products. After purchasing the mics, he couldn’t wait to use them during one of Balvin’s shows. “I used d:vote™ 4099D Microphones on four toms and the hi-hat, and d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones on the kick and snare side, vital elements in Balvin’s music.

The sound of the microphones blend seamlessly with Balvin when he sings, giving Buitrago a great tool in his arsenal for live tours.

Customer feedback: “With DPA Microphones, I finally found what I had been looking for all along. The microphones provide a natural sound without having to open the gain or EQ’ing. These mics made my drums sound great without fighting the structure of them (which is most important). My kit of DPA mics is now the first thing I pack for a tour...after my clothes!”

John Buitrago, Sound Engineer

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